The Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Dr Mohammed Alkali, has said 1,000 housing units will be ready by next month for onward distributions to displaced persons in Borno State.
Dr Alkali disclosed this shortly after inspecting the site of the ongoing projects at Ngom village in the Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
Despite insecurity that has slowed down developmental projects in Borno State, he noted that the commission was not distracted by erroneous challenges.He said the federal government was committed to the welfare and provision of befitting shelters to every citizen despite the scarcity of resources.“
As you can see, we flagged off this project last year to be completed under a year calendar, but due to insecurity challenges, the projects were slowed down.“We have reached 90 per cent. By the end of next month, it will be ready for the internally displaced persons to pack in.
“Security issues are everybody’s concerned. Despite insecurity, we have achieved 90 per cent of the project because 900 housing units are ready now.“We hope and pray that when the internally displaced persons returned, the insecurity would have subsided,” Alkali said.
He added that all the amenities required would be provided to ensure that the IDPs get the best treatments.“We are going to ensure that the facilities including power, clinic, schools, market, and water are available for the returnees,” he noted.The commission had flagged off 10,000 housing units for IDPs in Borno last year as part of the efforts of the federal government to provide accommodation for the victims of insurgency in the region.